Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Parent Portal
A public forum designed for parents to ask questions and voice ideas at the state level. The portal features a newsletter, parent blog, and links to other educational resources including Florida's Path to Success website with e-mail addresses for Florida's parents to get answers, voice opinions, and share ideas with the department. Parents may logon for access to this free user-friendly site.
Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
Florida Statute now requires that 11th grade students who scored within specified ranges on the FCAT or Algebra 1 EOC as 10th grade students be administered a college placement test, which will be PERT. Seniors who have not otherwise demonstrated college readiness are also required to be tested with PERT. The purpose of the PERT is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. Test scores are used to determine whether a student is ready for college-level coursework.
To find out more about PERT and whether or not a student is required to take PERT, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/cc/pert.asp or contact your high school guidance counselor.
To access 2013-2014 FCAT dates and other test dates, please see the 2013-2014 Testing Calendar.
During the 2010-2011 school year, computer-based FCAT testing was implemented in Florida public schools for the first time. The 2013-2014 computer-based tests will include FCAT 2.0 Reading for students in grades six through ten, FCAT 2.0 Math for students in grades five and six, and fall and spring administrations of the FCAT 2.0 Reading Retakes.
Florida End-of-Course Assessments
Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) are being phased in for certain courses administered at the middle and high school levels. The Florida EOC Assessments are designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses. The schedule for implementing additional Florida EOC Assessments is posted at http://www.fldoe.org/asp/k12memo/pdf/tngcbtf.pdf. Beginning in 2013, EOCs will be administered four times per year.
The EOC practice tests known as the ePATs are available online. To access the practice tests, please click ePATs.
The dual goals of the Guidance and Testing Department are to provide student assessment data to schools, parents, and students, and to provide leadership and support for school counselors and guidance programs.
Student assessment data drives decision making at every level of educational programming. The Guidance and Testing Department provides quality student assessment services to schools, including the administration of standardized tests and scoring and reporting of achievement data. Other services include consultation and training in school accountability data, program evaluation, research, and use of assessment data.
The Marion County Comprehensive Guidance Program is designed to build student success in the program’s three content areas of Academic Achievement, Career Development, and Social/Personal Development. This data driven program meets the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies and knowledge of self and others. The Guidance and Testing Department provides leadership and program support for 92 school counselors as they implement the program, with the assistance of the District Guidance Leadership Team.
Through the provision of student performance data and the facilitation of school counseling programs, the Guidance and Testing Department plays a central role in assisting Marion County Public Schools in leading the state in raising student performance.